A major competition with the potential to create thousands of jobs has been launched by President Mary McAleese.

The brain-child of her husband, Martin McAleese, the internet based competition is looking for the public to submit ideas to the Your Country, Your Call campaign.

Two winners will each receive €100,000 in prize money.

Martin McAleese is mostly connected with the Northern Ireland peace process but now he is turning his attention to creating employment and lifting the mood of the nation.

Over the past 15 months he has been joined by a host of people from major companies, organisations, Government and individuals, who have given money and their services for free.

They have come up with a major competition asking the public to submit 'transformational' ideas they hope will secure prosperity and jobs in this country.

Two winners will each receive €100,000 support and €500,000 to develop their ideas.

The public is asked to submit their ideas online at www.yourcountryyourcall.com.

The closing date for entries is the end of April.